January 8, 2019
Contact: Amy Starnes
Public Information Director, State Bar of Texas
(800) 204-2222, ext. 1706, or (512) 427-1706


Media Advisory:

State Bar of Texas to honor retired Texas Supreme Court Justice Phil Johnson for service to the legal community

When: 9 a.m. Friday, January 18

Where: Texas Law Center, 1414 Colorado St., Austin, TX 78701

What: The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors and President Joe K. Longley will present a resolution to retired Texas Supreme Court Justice Phil Johnson.

Media Note: State Bar President Joe K. Longley will present the resolution soon after the start of the board meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. If you can’t attend but would like to receive a photo of the award presentation for publication, please email

Background: At its quarterly meetings, the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors often adopts resolutions honoring local attorneys or judges for exceptional service to the profession and community. Selections are made after seeking input from local State Bar directors, area bar associations, colleagues, and others familiar with the work of the attorneys or judges receiving the recognition.

Justice Phil Johnson served as a Texas judge for 20 years — 13 on the Supreme Court of Texas — before retiring effective Dec. 31, 2018. As the court’s liaison to the State Bar of Texas, Justice Johnson served as a member of the State Bar Board of Directors. He is respected by his peers and lawyers across the state for his steady hand on the court. Chief Justice Nathan Hecht remarked that Johnson “has made a vast and indelible contribution to Texas Law.”

Justice Johnson, a Vietnam veteran, was a decorated Air Force fighter pilot before he decided to pursue a legal career. He was awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with multiple oak leaf clusters and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, all of which were given in recognition of deeds of valor in combat.

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